Protein: How Good Food Can Help Your Fitness

How Protein Can Help Your Fitness Journey

You may have heard people say that you need to eat protein pre-workout and post-workout and that it’s important for your health but what does that mean? At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to help you work towards your fitness goals and you can do that with our quality equipment and facilities but also by making your diet a priority and by eating clean.

One of the key reasons for consuming a healthy amount of protein is that helps your body build and repair. This is essential after your gym sessions at Xercise4Less because no matter your goals, you need to help you body recover from the hard work that you’ve just put your body through. Whether you’re using the equipment, facilities and group exercise classes at Xercise4Less to focus on weight loss or weight gain, protein is essential to your diet to help your body with recovery. High protein foods include lots of amazing nutrients that help you feel strong and healthy and this is something all of us need no matter our goals.

The Benefits of Protein

There are lots of benefits to consuming protein. We say consuming as you can eat and drink protein to help you hit your daily target of protein. Remember to consume protein within a balanced diet though so then you’re able to balance out the foods with fats, carbohydrates, fruit/vegetables etc. and have a healthy diet to help you with your goals.

But why should you include protein in your diet? Lots of reasons. Firstly, protein helps with muscle growth as it helps your maintain or increase your muscle mass and strength. Even if you’re working towards a significant weight loss goal, muscle mass is really important as you’ll be burning fat from your body and replacing this with muscle help you during your workouts at Xercise4Less. Whether you’re working on weight loss or muscle gain in the gym, by consuming a significant amount of protein, you’ll be able to lift weights and use resistance machines with ease.

Another great thing about high protein foods is that they keep you full and reduce hunger levels. This is because they are rich in nutrients and cure your hunger for longer which will reduce your need for snacks which can be unhealthy or reverse progress on your fitness journey. For those people focusing on weight loss, most meals that you have should be protein focused but also include vegetables and then fats/carbohydrates. This is a balanced diet that will keep you healthy but also means that you’re focusing on your weight loss goals by keeping you full without under eating.

Forms of Protein to Include in Your Diet

Protein is really important post-exercise. It helps your body to minimise DOMs (delayed-onset muscle soreness) which is the reason why you sometimes feel sore after a workout. If you’re pushing yourself using the quality equipment at Xercise4Less such as the Free Weights Zone and Resistance Machines Zone, you need to consume protein-rich food/drink 30-60 minutes after your gym session.

Protein isn’t just for meat eaters. There are lots of amazing high protein foods that are meat free and plant-based so that both vegetarians and vegans can fulfil these needs too. Try to include these within your diet, especially after your next workout at Xercise4Less to make more progress on your fitness journey:

  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey breast
  • Lean beef
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Nuts and seeds

Protein shakes are also great to help you make progress with your fitness mainly because they mean that you can get your protein fix easily. If you’re not able to cook a protein-rich meal after the gym, try a protein shake instead. They will cure your hunger, boost muscle growth and help your body with recovery. Mixing them with water with lower your calories intake or mix with milk for a higher calorie option.

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Become Part of Our Supportive Community

Joining Xercise4Less means that you get a great value gym membership but also join a fitness community that will help to push you closer to your fitness goals. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, joining Xercise4Less community today will help you take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey. We understand that people use our gyms for different reasons so we want to help people and guide them towards their goals.

Take those all-important steps on your gym journey by joining Xercise4Less Gyms today and exercise in a safe and spacious environment. Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme with us.

The Diet to Help With Healthy Weight Loss

Your Weight Loss Journey with Xercise4Less Gyms

Here at Xercise4Less Gyms, we value each and every single one of our members. We understand that everyone has different goals and wants to focus on different things but one of the main reasons that people come through our doors is to work on their weight loss journey and to transform their fitness.

Not only do we provide our members with a wide range of equipment and facilities including cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and cross trainers that will help you lose weight and burn calories, but we also support you with your diet and nutrition. Your diet will make a really big impact on your weight loss journey and help you drop your weight and body fat quicker once you combine a clean diet with regular exercise.

Once we re-open our gyms, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe and we can’t wait to continue pushing you on your fitness journey so why not use this time to clean up your diet before you step back into the gym?

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How to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

When it comes to weight loss, there are a lot of mixed messages that confuse people and complicate things. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to make things as simple and helpful for you as possible; meaning that we want to decode any weight loss myths.

The easiest way to understand weight loss is that it’s achieved when you burn more calories than you consume (what you eat and drink). For example, the recommended daily calorie intake for men in 2,500 and for women in 2,000 but if you’re more or less active than this, these numbers can change. If you’re a fairly active people i.e. you walk 8,000 – 10,000 steps a day and attend the gym around 3-5 times a week, you may be able to increase your calorie intake as you’re burning them at a quicker rate.

If you want to lose weight, you should start keep track of what you’re eating. This will help you understand how many calories you need to burn and if there are any points of the where you’re overeating. For example, you may snack between meals and this could add an additional 500 calories to your daily limit and could be impacting your weight loss goals. Once you’re aware of this, you can substitute these meals/snacks/drinks for something that is lower in calories.

The Diet to Help You Lose Weight Quick

Stop thinking about those fad diets because you only need to follow one specific diet to lose weight and smash your fitness goals. A balanced diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates and fruit/vegetables is the perfect time to help you lose weight quickly. Regardless of whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, you should try stick to this where you can. Losing weight doesn’t mean that you need to cut out any major food group. Instead, try having everything in moderation and try not to overeat and definitely not under eat.

If you struggle with cravings of junk foods such as pizza, curries and fried foods, don’t think that you need to cut these out as such. You can replace this with ‘fakeaways’ and healthier home cooked alternatives and if you really want the real deal, allow yourself one treat a week or month and work towards that goal i.e. you can order a takeaway once you’ve lost 5lb or fit into an old pair of jeans.

By working hard in your Xercise4Less gym and making the effort to focus on your diet and nutrition a bit more, you’ll be pushing yourself closer to your weight loss goals and start to feel more confident.

Join the Xercise4Less Gyms Fitness Community

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’re proud to have gyms across the UK and provide quality equipment and facilities for all gym interests. Whether you’re a gym beginner and new to gyms or a gym enthusiast, we’ve got something to suit you and your fitness journey. Not only this, but we have a wealth of knowledge amongst our expert staff and personal trainers who can guide you on your weight loss journey and keep pushing you.

Whether you want to use the gym for our wide range of group fitness classes including the Les Mills programme or our exclusive Ladies Only zones, you’ll fit right in at Xercise4Less. Once we re-open, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe. This includes introducing additional cleaning and social distancing practices. If you’re wanting to restart your fitness journey following Covid-19, register your interest to join the Xercise4Less Gyms community today for our exclusive re-opening gym offers.

Foods to Boost Energy and Performance

Eat Clean to Improve Your Fitness

Regular exercise is really important to help you improve your physical health, allow you to focus on your mental health and become fitter. However, if you focus on your exercise routine whilst neglecting your diet, you’re only delaying your progress. To make a positive impact on your fitness journey, eat as clean as possible and you’ll soon start to notice a difference on your fitness in alignment with your goals.

Try not to confuse eating ‘clean’ with repeatedly eating salads or vegetables (unless you love them of course!) or cutting out food groups such as carbohydrates because instead you should be following a balanced diet that consists of a healthy amount of carbohydrates, protein, fats and vegetables.

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Boost Your Gym Performance with Good Food

The power of a good diet should never be underestimated. Once you start to take your diet a lot more seriously, you’ll notice that you’ll start to perform better in every one of your gym sessions as well as making good progress according to your goals. If you’ve noticed that your fitness journey isn’t moving as you’d like it to, it’s likely that your diet isn’t right but not to worry because this can be resolved in a few simple steps.

Firstly, you need to pay attention to what you’re eating before your gym session. If you’re overeating, this can make you feel sluggish and lethargic. On the other hand, if you’re undereating, you may start to feel dizzy and weak. If you’ve noticed that you tend to feel like this in the gym, it’s time to make your pre-workout eating routine a priority.

Everyone is different and some people prefer to feel full before a session and others don’t but either way, we’d suggest eating around 30 minutes before your session. This could be something small like a banana (packed with carbs and potassium to give you energy) or a bigger protein-heavy meal such as scrambled eggs/tofu, toast and avocado.

After you’ve eaten a good pre-workout meal, you won’t be stopped during your time at Xercise4Less. Look into the nutrients of the food you’re eating before your gym session because you need something carb-dense but also light to prevent fatigue. Don’t be afraid to try a few different meals until you find what works best for you.

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Sticking to a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is your best friend. This is what will help you reach your fitness goals faster and help you see a difference in your body quicker. A balanced diet consists of a variety of food/drinks but all in good measure. A balanced diet doesn’t mean you can never eat the foods you enjoy (pizza, burgers, fries etc.) as you can still eat these but you just need to be aware of how often you’re eating these and instead, balancing them out with healthier, clean foods such as lean protein, wholegrain carbohydrates and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Other ways to stick to a balanced diet includes eating at least 5 portions of fruit and veg every day, having a potion of potatoes, bread, rice or pasta regularly meals (at least twice a day), including regular protein into your diet and drinking at least 6 glasses of water. As we mentioned, a balanced diet does allow you to have things like sugary drinks and oils/butters but they just need to be in smaller amounts and in moderation to allow you to prevent over consuming these and reversing your hard work in the gym at Xercise4Less.

Whether you’re using your Xercise4Less Gym to work on your weight loss and burning calories or packing on size and building your muscles, take some time to focus on your diet and you’ll soon notice a real acceleration in terms of your fitness journey and fitness goals. 

Become Part of the Xercise4Less Community

Joining us means that you get a great value gym membership but also become part of a fitness community that will help to push you closer to your fitness goals. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, register your interest in joining the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme with us but don’t forget your diet too!

Fuelling Your Body Post-Workout

Feeding Your Body the ‘Right’ Food

Your diet and nutrition is always really important. You need to know what you’re putting into your body and the effect that this is having on your body and your progress. This is essential in day to day life but especially after a workout. Once you’ve been to the gym, burnt calories and built up a sweat, you need to refuel your body almost instantly with the best food and drink. This will help you make a positive impact on your fitness journey and reach your goals faster.

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The Importance of Nutrition

Regardless of your fitness goals, people tend to gravitate towards the gym to help them get there and that’s great! For weight loss, we’d recommend dedicating some of your gym sessions purely to cardio training on treadmills, stairclimbers or stationary bikes or following HiiT routines in our spacious fitness studios. For muscle growth and weight gain, we’d suggest working out in the free weight zones and using resistance machines.

At Xercise4Less, we’re proud to offer quality facilities to help you do this freely. However, all of your progress at the gym can be slowed down if you aren’t eating the best food to suit your goals. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your nutrition because this is what makes the biggest impact on your body. For weight loss, you need to be in calorie deficit. This means that you’re eating less calories than you’re burning. Weight loss is often associated with foods such as salads and vegetables but you don’t need to cut out any major food groups and eat food you don’t enjoy in order to lose weight. You can follow a balanced diet that consists of fats and carbs and still lose weight; as long as you’re in a deficit.

Similarly, with weight gain, your diet is incredibly important. You need to be in calorie surplus but with clean foods. Gaining weight needs to be doing correctly so try and avoid junk, fried foods where you can because although these are calorie-dense foods, they’re also high in saturated fats that you should avoid where you can no matter your fitness goals.

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What to Eat After Your Workout

Once you’ve smashed your gym session at Xercise4Less and are coming round into a period of recovery, you need to have a think about what you’re going to eat. We recommend eating within 30 minutes to an hour after your workout.

During a period of exercise, your body breaks down your muscles and uses a lot of energy to help you going throughout your session, so by consuming a healthy meal within an hour of your workout, you’ll notice a positive impact on your body. Protein and carbs should be high up on your recipe list after your workout.  Don’t forget to include some healthy fats in your meal too as they will help you to recovery quicker. Carbohydrates are great for muscle repair and growth so regardless of your fitness goals, you need to have a healthy amount of these in your diet, especially post-exercise. Lean protein is a great source of energy whether you’re focused on weight loss or weight gain; just be wary of your deficit or surplus.

Some good examples of things that you could eat after your gym session include:

  • Porridge with Fruit and a Protein Shake
  • Protein Pancakes with Berries and a Banana
  • Poached Eggs with Wholegrain Toast
  • Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato or Rice and Avocado
  • Tuna Pasta with Avocado, Cucumber and Tomatoes
  • Wholegrain Wraps with Turkey/Chicken/Tofu/Quorn
  • Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter
  • Yoghurt with Fruit
  • Smoothies

These meals and snacks can help you replenish your body and cure that instant hunger that you’re guaranteed to feel once your workout is over. Whilst your food is super important, so is your drinking. You lose a vast amount of water as you sweat during your workout so try to drink a litre of water in the first 1-2 hours after your workout. This will keep you hydrated and prevent headaches and excess fatigue.

Re-Opening Xercise4Less Safely Soon

We’re really excited to re-open our doors and have all of our members back soon. When you’re a member of Xercise4less Gyms, you will be supported to become better and reach your fitness goals.  Our gym facilities are full of equipment as well as that help you shed excess weight or build up your strength. Not forgetting that we have exclusive Ladies Only Gym Zone to allow our female members to feel comfortable during their workout.

Once we re-open, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe. This includes introducing additional cleaning and social distancing practices. If you’re wanting to restart your fitness journey following Covid-19, register your interest with Xercise4Less Gyms for our exclusive re-opening gym offers. You’ll have plenty of space to workout your way at any of our gym locations across the UK; in most cases we’re double the size of other high street gyms.

Optimising Your Sleep: Improve Physical And Mental Health

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How sleep can help boost your health and fitness

These are uncertain and difficult times for all of us, as the Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly causing great levels of concern. We may be required to stay in our homes for the imminent future, but that does not mean we cannot keep up with our fitness and health. Sleep is a vital component of health, and it is imperative we adapt our lifestyles during these unprecedented times to ensure we get the required amount of rest, improving our fitness and immune system through the on-going Covid-19 situation.

Finding a consistent sleeping pattern to boost your health and fitness

Whether you are able to work from home, have to look after your children or are self-isolating, there are a number of ways in which you can keep on top of your mental and physical health throughout this period of containment. It may sound simple, but even having yourself a regular sleeping pattern can be a key component of building your fitness. The NHS recommends a sleep of 8 hours is a healthy amount for our bodies to relax and reset during the night, preparing ourselves for the rigours of the following day. But how do we go about ensuring we get in our 8 hours?

Follow these 3 simple steps to optimise your sleep and fuel your fitness.

1. Exercise promotes more efficient sleep

Exercise is one of the quickest wins we can have to get a better night’s sleep. Getting into a regular pattern of exercise can really pay dividends not only for your fitness, mental health and confidence, but it can also enable your body to relax on a night, ensuring you get the required amount of sleep to wake up healthier and in better condition.

Whether you have home gym equipment, the space to store home gym equipment or you are relying on core exercises you can still benefit hugely from training either in the morning or before you go to bed – there is no right or wrong time of day to workout. Exercise supports your ‘body clock’, allowing your body to understand the time of day and the situation better. This will allow your body to realise that it is night time, therefore getting ready to shut down and giving you a better chance of optimising your sleep.

The main objective is to get your hear rate going, improving circulation and blood flow for a healthier body and a healthier you. Having a good sleeping pattern will certainly benefit your fitness.

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2. Pay more attention to what you eat and drink

This may sound like a bit of a given, but it is vitally important nonetheless. As we are embarking on an unusual circumstance of being indoors, away from society and away from our daily routines for a while, nutrition will become a key component to your fitness and sleeping pattern. Lets be honest, we all have a craving for ‘comfort food’ every now and then, and being at home for the majority of the day is a temptation we can all do without.

Instead of going into your cupboard for your favourite packet of crisps, or biscuit, make sure you are training yourself to think about what you are putting into your body. Replenishing yourself with the right fuel is vital for preparing your body for a healthy sleep. Try to avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of when you would usually go to bed. So, if your bedtime is usually at 10pm, you shouldn’t be having a big meal after 8pm, for example.

If you like a hot drink before going to bed, why not substitute your tea of coffee for a Chamomile tea? This helps to boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and depression and improve skin health. In addition, chamomile tea has some unique properties that may improve sleep quality. Fruit and vegetables of course are always encouraged, but the main threat to your sleep would be putting caffeine, sugar and carbohydrates into your body relatively close to when you would like to sleep.

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3. Relax your mind

  • A good sleep can be achieved by keeping your mind relaxed in the evening, especially if you have had a busy day working from home or looking after the kids. Having a warm bath will help your body and mind prepare for sleep, or even participating in light exercises such as yoga can relax your body and mind for sleep.

 

  • Put your mobile phone on ‘do not disturb’ or stop scrolling through your social media accounts once you are in bed. This will keep your mind occupied and distracted, hindering the sleep hormone ‘melatonin’ from being released. Reading a book, however, can help, but it is better to read on your sofa or chair rather than in bed. Keep your bedroom for sleeping in.

 

  • If you have to do a few hours of work on an evening, like catch up on emails or update a spread sheet, then try to give yourself at least an hour of relaxation before going to bed. This will help your mind switch off from work and forget the issues of the day, allowing you to focus on sleeping.
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Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone.

Weight Loss Success Story – Amy Mathie

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Overcoming personal tragedy to succeed

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Xercise4Less Hull member Amy Mathie has overcome personal trauma and bereavement to successfully accomplish her weight loss success. Less than a decade ago, Amy had spinal decompression surgery as four of her five discs in her back had slipped, leaving her in agony and paralysed in her left foot. This was understandably a difficult period for Amy, and something she struggled to comprehend.

 

“I was in hospital for two weeks and when I eventually left, I was immobile and unable to walk. It was soul destroying and this caused me to become depressed. I started to eat a lot and I gained so much weight and when I went to my first Weightwatchers meeting in June 2012, I weighed nearly 20 stone. This was a wakeup call.”

Finding solace through Xercise4Less Gyms

From this point, Amy was determined to lose weight and get herself going on her fitness journey. Signing up to Xercise4Less Gyms has given Amy the platform and the confidence to boost her health through exercise, especially cardio workouts.

 

“I was always afraid of walking through gym doors and it was something I always avoided, worried about being stared at for being so big.”

 

“But last year, something changed. The crippled girl who hated looking at herself started to see more clearly. I introduced exercise and immediately fell in love. I can’t do all the exercises, but I make sure I give it a damn good go! I started by completing 10-minute treadmill walks and a little bit of rowing to build up to 45-minute walks.”

'Doing it for Dad'

If dealing with severe injuries wasn’t enough for Amy to deal with, her world was rocked again on New Year’s Eve 2018, when she had the heart-breaking news that her beloved father had passed away. After the initial shock, Amy used her late father as motivation to continue her weight loss journey.

 

“I was going on holiday in early 2019 to remember my dad and I had a goal in mind. So when speaking to Alex I started doing PT sessions to help me achieve my goals of getting into a size 12 dress. Alex worked on a programme with me and even got me doing deadlifts to help improve my strength. My best was 75kg, which I couldn’t believe I was lifting.”

Fitness classes to boost confidence and health

As well as performing solo workouts, Amy began to attend fitness classes with her friend and thanks to helpful and friendly staff, the classes were adapted to suit her injuries and making sure she was able to gain the most from the classes and enjoy them in the process.

 

“I joined my first fitness class on a Saturday morning, the PT Alex was funny and friendly. As soon as I explained my injury, he adapted all the exercises for me, allowing me to join in with alternative exercises. This became a way of life and I wanted more. I started doing spin classes and through this I was able to lose 3 stone. I love the buzz and the calorie burn.”

Finding that inner belief

Seeing real fitness results and blasting the calories through exercise really gave Amy the confidence to continue her amazing progression. She started to restore the faith and belief in herself and found the gym a place of solace and fortitude. Having the support of her PT and friends, Amy was smashing her fitness targets on a regular basis.

 

“This crippled girl had finally done it! I was strong and building muscle definition. Alex always believed in my ability and I seriously couldn’t have done it without his help and support. Now, I have a gym buddy who I work out with three days a week and it has become a key part of our lifestyle. I have fallen in love with exercise and the way it makes me feel. I have now lost over 4 stone and I feel amazing – walking into the gym feels like home!”

A revitalised diet to supplement training

In addition to exercise, Amy has also revolutionised her diet and nutrition. She wants to supplement her exercise with a clean diet, and this is clearly paying dividends for her. Hard work and commitment are just as important to your fitness journey as the time spent in the gym.

 

“My nutrition has also changed massively. I have turned to veganism to help with my performance and strength in the gym. Through everything we need to not give up. We need to make ourselves a priority and last year that is exactly what I did!”

 

“Have faith and trust in the process. We will always succeed!”

Incredible success story, Amy! Keep up the good work!

Why Xercise4Less Gyms?

We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.

Body Transformation Camps | Boost Your Fitness

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Revolutionise Your Fitness with Xercise4Less Body Transformation Camps 

Do you dream of transforming your body by achieving maximum results from your fitness efforts? Reach the most ambitious exercise goals when you sign up for an Xercise4Less 8 week Body Transformation Camp today. Our body transforming gym programme for men and women delivers real results no matter your fitness level. Transform your mind and body whether you’re new to gyms, a casual gym goer or already an experienced gym user. In intense but fun training sessions designed by experts, you’ll learn how to work out with confidence as you change your body and your attitude to fitness for ever. With the next Xercise4Less Transformation Camp starting on Monday 24th February, now is the perfect time to book! 

Blast fat and pack on muscle as you tone your body in our morning or evening Body Transformation Camps. Join over 14,000 of your fellow gym members who radically transformed their bodies this year and lost over 3,000 stone in the process. In our weight loss boot camp, you’ll get the latest nutrition and exercise information, access to our highly effective nutrition app and support from your unique transformation group. We give you the right mental tools and the latest fitness techniques to start transforming your body. Make new gym friends and achieve maximum results in minimum time supported by inspiring and motivating coaches all thanks to an Xercise4Less body transformation programme.

Our Body Transformation boot camps are only available to Xercise4Less Gyms members so join us today if you’re not already a member of our results-driven gyms. Read on to find out how our body transformation camps can kickstart your health and wellbeing journey.

Why join Xercise4Less Gyms?

With a friendly, inclusive gym community, we’re suitable for people of all fitness levels. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve fitness or increase muscle, we have the equipment and facilities you need to achieve your goals.

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Start Your Personal Fitness Journey the Right Way

The Xercise4Less Body Transformation Camp will help you understand how to eat more healthily and how to work out more effectively using the most up-to-date exercise techniques. Work towards your fitness goals no matter how challenging they are or what fitness level you’re starting from. We love to work with people of no gym experience just as much as we love motivating gym veterans.

Xercise4Less Gyms has helped thousands of people achieve their dream health, fitness and weight loss goals through our body transformation programme that includes:

  • 3 fun and inclusive sessions a week morning or evening depending on your schedule
  • Burn approximately 500 calories per session!
  • 24 unique, progressive training sessions. No workout will be the same!
  • Track your improved fitness with our fitness tests
  • Inclusive access to the Xercise4Less nutrition app to tailor your meal plan to your own specific calorie and macro-nutrient requirements
  • Daily support through your own private transformation group on our members app
  • Private access to our Team Transformation Facebook group to share fitness and nutrition tips with gym members all over the UK
  • Weekly weigh-ins and before and after comparison photos

You’ll be supported by your body transformation teammates and friendly coaches as you change old habits and create new healthy ones. Transform your body and mind with the right fitness knowledge and nutritional tools when you book our fit body transformation camps now.

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Weight Loss Success Story – Debs Knight

Weight Loss Success Story - Debs Knight
Weight Loss Success Story - Debs Knight

Tackling Snowdon made me climb my own fitness mountain

Losing weight can feel like you are at the bottom of the highest mountain and have no way of conquering the obstacle facing you. For Xercise4Less Rugby member Debs Knight, this was a literal realisation as it took for her to climb Mount Snowdon to realise she needed to begin her weight loss journey.

“I took part in a charity climb of Snowdon. I really struggled to complete it and had to keep stopping. People kept asking if I was alright as I was so out of breath.”

“I knew I had to do something to improve my fitness and general health.”

Improving fitness and health through Xercise4Less classes

Since taking on Snowdon, Debs has signed up to her local Xercise4Less gym and attended several classes to get herself on the right path and gradually begin to lose weight through fitness and exercise.

“The classes I go to are BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, Boxercise, Pilates and Zumba.”

All these classes help towards improving your cardiovascular fitness as well as burning significant calories. The classes are a great way for you to interact with like-minded members, going through similar journeys to you, and most of all, are friendly and inclusive in your membership.

Looking and feeling better

Over the course of a typical week, Debs attends the gym on numerous occasions in her battle to lose her target weight of 5-7 stone. Training in the Ladies only zone, using the treadmill, Debs has already found herself having more energy and her general health improving. Debs also attributes the gym to some other physical and mental benefits.

“Going to the gym helps me to clear my head, and that is one of the reasons I keep coming back. Group exercise has also helped me to lose weight.“

Great work, Debs!

Weight Loss Success Story – Chelsie Brown

Weight Loss Success Story - Chelsie Brown
Weight Loss Success Story - Chelsie Brown

Holiday photos were the turning point

We all work hard to pay for treats such as holidays, and Doncaster member Chelsie Brown is no different. Unfortunately for Chelsie, her holiday was overshadowed by feelings of insecurity and being extremely self-conscious of how she looked.

“I was incredibly self-conscious on holiday, and the photos reflected what I was worried about. I was upset about the shape of my body, and the wobbly bits that stood out on pictures.”

“Even though I never considered myself fat, I was always maintaining a size 12. I just saw the photos and I knew my diet and exercise had to change to bring me some confidence.”

Staying motivated with Xercise4Less Gyms

As a result of the holiday photos, Chelsie signed up to her local Xercise4Less gym where she has participated in group classes such as 15/15/15, Abs Blast and Legs, Bums and Tums as well as bootcamps to help kickstart her weight loss journey. This is something which Chelsie cites as the catalyst to her success.

“Seeing my progress through the bootcamp was a great motivator. By measuring and weighing myself every two weeks I knew I was doing a great job, even if sometimes it didn’t seem that way!”

“The group class leaders are fantastic and are always around to offer help and advice when needed.  Also, the message board is brilliant for keeping up to date with all the latest news.”

Chelsie’s brother and sister-in-law join in with the Bootcamps for additional support and motivation.

Seeing the results

Noticing the results makes a massive difference when it comes to a weight loss journey. Seeing visible differences can inspire you with confidence to push on and further achieve your goals or give you the satisfaction of being able to see the fruits of your labour. For Chelsie, seeing results was a milestone moment.

“Everybody is so complimentary and pleased for me since they can see my happier in my own skin. But best of all, dropping a dress size was the best feeling and seeing a slimmer and more toned body in smaller clothes just made me burst with pride, because my hard work did that!

Maintaining a new figure and a new home

Not only is Chelsie succeeding in the gym, she has also bought a new home. Obviously, this has taken up a lot of her time and effort, but she has still managed to attend the gym and continue her weight loss journey.

“I’m still working through it! After Christmas I got the keys to my new home which needs renovating. It’s very hard at the moment to find time to get to the gym. I’m doing my best to get to as many classes as possible, or weight training if it’s just for 30 minutes.”

“In addition, I plan to come back to the gym full force as soon as my house is finished, maybe another bootcamp!”

Keep up the great work, Chelsie!

Weight Loss Success Story – Tim Bell

Weight Loss Success Story - Tim Bell
Weight Loss Success Story - Tim Bell

Focusing fitness around shift patterns

Having mixed shift patterns can make going to the gym and getting into a workout routine very difficult. For Chesterfield member Tim Bell, he has to juggle his fitness journey around his changing work schedule.

“When I’m on the morning shift, I go straight to the gym after work. This means I tend to get home around 5:30pm, which is ideal as I still get a few hours with my family before bed.”

However, when Tim is on the later shift, he sees his training time reduced, meaning he does not attend the gym as often as he does when on the morning shift.

“On the late shift, I leave for work at 8:30am and don’t get home until 10:30pm. This makes it very hard as I don’t go to the gym as much as I do on the opposite shift.”

“When I’m on the late shift, I need to drag myself out of bed and get to the gym as early as possible.”

Balancing weekends off with family time

Even though Tim does not attend the gym as frequently as he would like when he is on the later shift, he still makes sure he gets his training done at the weekend.

“At weekends I get to the gym as early as possible. This means I have the rest of the day to go out with my wife and kids, or just spend time at home with them.”

Losing weight and maintaining that 'happy place'

Tim has been on his weight loss journey for a number of years, and he has had his ups and down during this process, but he is now in a place where he can consolidate and maintain a weight he is happy with.

“I’m 4 years in from where I started and have lost well over 3 stone in weight. I don’t lose as much these days, but my main focus is keeping the weight I have already lost off. I’m in a happy place with my weight.”

Staying focused and on track

It has not always been plain sailing for Tim, and he sometimes needs a reminder of how far he has come and the work he has put in place to get to this position.

“I stay focused by looking at how I used to be and seeing how I look now is all that it takes for me really. Seeing how far I have come and reminding myself I do not want to go back to that.”

Great work, Tim!